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Chuck Mangione: Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Chuck Mangione - the best CD value
I wasn't at the Hollywood Bowl when this was recorded unfortunately but twenty years later I was sitting at Gulfstream Park, here in Florida, listening to one of my idols - Chuck Mangione - performing live. It was an amazing experience and the nearest thing I can get to reliving it is the double CD package that you see here. Yes, there are two CDs in one package.
Feel So Good
This is arguably Mangione's most famous piece. And yes, he played it that day and on the album. It's hard to imagine a live performance or indeed a recording that doesn't feature it. I read somewhere that it's the second most recognizable piece of music ever. I doubt that (don't you?) but that doesn't stop it from being on my all-time list of top ten pieces of music - ever.
Composer, producer and instrumentalist
This is something I've always admired about Chuck Mangione. I think I'm right in saying that almost every piece of music he performs has been written by himself. Often, he is the producer of his recordings and of course, the lead performer.
An Evening of Magic
That is the subtitle of this CD collection. It wasn't an evening when I saw him in concert at Gulfstream Park, it was a wonderful, sunny, lazy afternoon. The music matched the day perfectly. This is also one of my favorite 'driving numbers' - I love to play this in the car and do so every time we're going somewhere exciting. That way, if I'm only en route to the supermarket, it brightens up a mundane task. In short, this music makes me happy.
Other beloved instrumentals
Even if you're not familiar with my own personal favorite you might well know Chase the Clouds Away and Give it All You've Got - both of which were used by the Olympics - 1976 summer and 1908 winter. It's also interesting to note that this has 83 customer reviews at Amazon (to date) and its average star rating is an excellent 4.8.Frankly,I'm not surprised.
It's not a trumpet!
As an ex musician's moll, I can't tell you how many times I've had to correct people so I'll do it again here before anyone asks - Chuck Mangione plays the flugelhorn!
Yes, it is very similar to a trumpet (players of one can easily adapt to the other) but the flugelhorn has a mellower, deeper sound.
Listen to the video below and you'll see what I mean.
If you like to watch as well as listen,this is for you. This DVD features Chuck Mangione playing seven of his most popular pieces of music (yes, including 'Feel So Good' as you probably guessed from the title). If you're looking for a great gift for a Mangione fan, this could be the answer.You'd be well advised to do what I do every time I listen to his music and turn the volume RIGHT up!
© 2013 Jackie Jackson